There is a good reason for Medellin to be monikered as the “City of Eternal Spring.” With its year-round temperate weather and the annual flower festival, this Colombian city has been attracting tourists from all over the world.
And for the very same reasons, Medellin is now a popular destination, as the perfect alternative for Bogotá. The city celebrates its rich Paisa culture by still acknowledging its past as the hometown of Pablo Escobar. With careful attention and planning, the city authorities are now transforming these attributes of Medellin to make ways for advancement in technology, sound infrastructure and a safe hosting place for international travelers. The fact is highly appreciable that they still hold their dark times together to come out flying like a phoenix. So for your next weekend getaway why not give Medellin a chance. There are enough things to do in Medellin to take you by surprise.
In every winding street of El Poblado Medellin, there are cafes, restaurants, and bars that’s makes it a number one spot for tourists to stay. There are two excellent hotels in this area for you. The Art Hotel Boutique has a vibe of an NYC loft with its chic industrial decor and contemporary styling. The other one, the Charlee Lifestyle Hotel engages you with Balinese furniture and retro chandeliers that sparkle. Both are located centrally in the neighborhood of Parque Lleras that is always lively and vibrant. It does pay off to have bars at walking distance from your hotel right.
Start your day with an excellent cup of coffee from Pergamino Cafe, a Medellin establishment. They also have a wide assortment of pastries for you to choose from. The almond croissant is our favorite here. Then get to downtown to discover the El Centro on foot.
There are many guided tours you could get in the city the real City Tours offer a four-hour tour that will cover your base on the crucial facts and monuments of the city. The package includes a guided tour to Parque de Las Luces, famous for its 300 massive, light-up columns stand like space-age sentries; the Plaza Botero, a park dotted with 23 sculptures by the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero; and the stunning piece of architecture, National Palace.
After this, you deserve a full meal. Head to Hato Viejo Centro to enjoy a good Columbia’s lunch and stop at the nearby Museo de Antioquia. This is a local museum that showcases a collection of Columbia’s and international art. there is also the Museo Casa de la Memoria honoring the victims of the country’s armed conflicts.
Get back to El Poblado to finish the day with a Colombian fusion dinner at Carmen. Make a note to get reservations there beforehand. And for dessert, get a scoop of gelato from Artie Dolce.
As mentioned before, Medellin public infrastructure underwent some serious upgrades to improve the facilities. It was an initiative that proves to be of significant advantage to the residents to rely on the public transportation entirely. For us as tourists, the metro serves as the most convenient method to access all the coldest spots in the city.
So take the metro from the Acevedo Metro Station and catch few cable cars transferring you to Santo Domingo to go to the natural ecological reserve, the Arví Park. This Oregon’s park offers a day worth of exploration and hike trails that lead us to breathtaking panoramic views of the valley.
On the way back, get your lunch from In Situ. Being within the botanical garden, dining with scenarios to look at is indeed mesmerizing. Next stop to make is the Comuna 13 Medellin. It used to be me of Medellin’s dangerous areas, but now it is covered with graffiti and street art that is connected to the rest of the city with 1,259 feet of outdoor escalators.
If you want to explore more before getting settled into your hotel, take a pit stop at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín. Dinner could be had at the Gloria de la Gloria; eat like a local ordering the Bandeja Paisa, a big plate of rice, beans, meat, plantains, and more. And finally, what is a Columbia’s trip without a little salsa Enjoy a good drink at the Son Havana Medellin salsa bar and dance with the locals till your feet hurts.
A Medellin weekend is incomplete without covering Guatape, an Andean town on top of a reservoir. The easiest way to reach is by booking a day trip to the Toucan Cafe.
You will arrive first at El Peñol, an in seller with a zigzag stairway to lead you to the top. The climb is well worth it when you see the views of surrounding reservoir from there. After that, you will be headed to Guatape, a small town with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings to have your lunch. This day trip will take your entire day.
But you cannot leave Medellin without having one last meal from El Poblado, saving the best for last, spend your evening experimenting with the innovative tasting menu at El Cielo. You can choose a 9, 11 or 13-course menu, at a very reasonable price. There is a bit of theatrics also involved there, and you might get chocolate poured in a fun way.
The entire trip might be a little touristy, but it is perfectly balanced by dining at local places like Carmen Medellin and feeling like a local with the friendly residents’ welcoming you with both hands. The trip will give you better insights into Colombian life and to realize that it is actually a lot better and interesting than we thought it to be.
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